Published 22 April 2021
Honda has unveiled the all-new HR-V. The family crossover gets efficient petrol hybrid engines, upmarket styling and a larger interior. The new HR-V will go on sale in late-2021 and start in the region of £22,000.
The 2021 Honda HR-V will compete with the Nissan Juke, Ford Puma and Volvo XC40. Honda says its new crossover will be one of the best for interior space, with rear-seat legroom increased by 35mm and the back seats reclining an extra two degrees to improve comfort.
The HR-V retains Honda’s famous Magic Seat system – which lets you fold and flatten the rear seats to carry bulky items in the rear footwells. The seats also fold completely flat to give you a huge van-like load bay that will allow the HR-V to punch above its weight when it comes to practicality.
Most models in the HR-V range will come with a nine-inch LCD centre touchscreen and seven-inch TFT instrument display. It also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can mirror the screen of your smartphone, but Honda has avoided making the HR-V too infotainment heavy and this means you still get traditional knobs and buttons for the things like the ventilation system and radio.
Honda hasn’t changed the HR-V’s key exterior dimensions – the new car is the same length as the outgoing model. The raised ride height makes the new HR-V 10mm taller than the old model. The car is also 20mm lower than before despite its taller ride height and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 2021 Honda HR-V is powered by a petrol hybrid powertrain found in the latest Jazz, it produces 131PS and 253Nm of torque courtesy of the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine and two electric motors hidden under the bonnet.
Honda hasn’t released any CO2 or fuel economy figures but expect it to return around 50mpg and cover 0-62mph in under 10 seconds. It has three automatically selected driving modes, so when you pull off the car uses electricity only, at higher speeds it splits power between electric and petrol – the engine operating as a generator – while on the motorway when electric power is at its least efficient, only the engine runs.
The new Honda HR-V gets Honda’s latest self-drive tech which includes a new forward-facing camera that means the car’s automatic emergency brakes can detect other vehicles and cyclists during the day and at night. As well as stopping the car in an emergency, the camera can apply the brakes when it detects a vehicle or cyclist crossing the Honda’s path.